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The Procession of Spirits by Cindiq The Procession of Spirits by Cindiq
Something I did for illustration class. We have to pick a song to get inspired for the illustration, and I picked Spirited Away's "The Procession of Spirits".
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Symbolism:
In order to honour the original intention of the track, Shinto symbolism is added. The Shinto gate in the distance reminds one of the grandness of the fish migration, and also symbolizes this as a spiritual world, much like the world the music was dedicated to in the movie Spirited Away.

The sea creatures were also given roles. The Whales are Samurai or adventurers because they tend to be adventurous and illusive in the real world. The Dolphin is an honest and eager street merchant. The blowfish are landlords or capitalists, very representative the Osaka region in Japan. They tend to be nervous when threatened, and blow up into a big ball of spike. The yellow fish are normal peasants, since they are rather docile and indifferent. As for the redfish (or fly fish), they are the lower class such as slaves and hard labourers. As they emerge from water they grow wings to continue their hard labour. This type of fish often exists in large quantities, and is always at the bottom of the food chain. Finally the Orcas are depicted as Royals. They are the leading group in the procession, and are carried around by the fly fish. In the natural world Orcas are known to have no prey, so in a sense they are the kings of the ocean.

P.S. The eels are criminals.
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I have to say I'm not exactly happy with it. But maybe that's just me. I think I want to scrap this after a few days.
I'm sorry for not updating complete works since forever.
12 hours or so.
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gokhantumertr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awsome!
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702Artwatcher Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Beautiful use of colors and motion of all that life in the art
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you very much :)
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SpinkellaSapphire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
What kind of sorcery is this?! :O
Your symbolism is shallowly deep, as in, readable yet amazing, but that gives appeal to the illustration! :D Awesome work~
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
haha Thank you very much!
I'm sorry for the late reply ;w;, I haven't been active on Deviantart XD
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SpinkellaSapphire Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Oh, it's no problem :D
I'm not to active on dA these days either -w-
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huggaholic Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah, incredible :D
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Willowen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, amazing! There's so much going on in this piece. I love all the colors and how they combine together to make everything pop out.

P.S. I love the mustaches!!!
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Shadow8160 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
why does this remind me of a game?
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inkatt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student
Reminds me of Kokia's Tomoni [link]
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Syrazel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   Digital Artist
I think this is an excellent piece of work. I love Spirited Away and the soundtrack especially, and I think you've captured what you've set out to do. Of course, artists will be their own worst critics :) I think the portrayal of the animal's roles personified was done particularilly well.

If you do decide to scrap it (I hope not), what would you do then? Would you re-do it? What would you do different?
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you very much. :)
Friend convinced me not to scrap it haha.
I think if I were to scrap it, I think I would've planned the composition a bit better. It does seem kind of cluttered here and I feel like it's lacking a major focal point.
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Syrazel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Digital Artist
You could always do it again alter and do a before/after =) I will agree, it is a bit tattered and it takes a moment for me to see what's going on. Also, processions are long, right? Maybe just make the image wider/longer one way and just space things out.

Although now that you mention it (and if I'm thinking of the right part of the movie) those spirits were crammed on that boat, ya?
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kuryuki Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
aldfkjasldf I love this ;w; can't stop starting at all the details and gorgeous colours q-q
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
aww thank you very much >w<
So sorry for the late reply ;w;
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kuryuki Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
>A< welcome and it's alright ;u; im sure u're more than busy with uni!
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ClearEchoes Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow :D
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suupermars Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, you should be proud!
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
aww thank you
So sorry for the late reply ;w;
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Milktea-Pandah Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so majestic :icondivaplz: :iconmoerayplz:
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank you :)
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Milktea-Pandah Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
your welcome ouo
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ForbiddenTouch Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah. Mind. Blown.
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
aww thank you very much >w<
So sorry for the late reply ;w;
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Na17 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So many colors! It's beautiful.
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank you very much >w<
So sorry for the late reply ;w;
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Na17 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's fine.
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Solarmoon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
NO SCRAPPING!!!! I wanna keep this in my fav's >.< *Stares**....now I can't wait for Mexico! lol
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Have fun in Mexico! :)
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Solarmoon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I will :) want anything.
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pandagog Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
all i think of when i see this is "So long and thanks for all the fish"
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
OMG hahaha, this comment is gonna be stuck in my head forever whenever I see this picture now XD.
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pandagog Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Lol ^-^
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
it look so awosme :)
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:iconcindiq:
Cindiq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you :)
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
you are welcome :hug:
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vekahe92 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are no words to describe it i love it *-*
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awww thank you very much :)
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RosyRose1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
that thing of whout (sorry for my bad eng) that looks like the same whout thing that is midden in the osian from Okami Den XD
btw COOL O.O
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Haha okay. I'm not sure if I totally understood you.
But thanks XD
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RosyRose1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
yeah i'm bad in eng :( :( :( :sad:
np ^^ (np = no problem)
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xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Holy, amazingly magnificent! All of the sea creatures look stunning, and the symbolism is wonderful! The colors,lighting, and sky are also beautiful! Incredible work! :iconihappyloveitplz:
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you very much :hug:
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WiNGz69 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Writer
This is absolutely beautiful - I was blown away by both the painting and the story behind it. Astounding work :).
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you very much :hug:
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eternalobserver Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Da Da Da Da Daaaaa I LOVIN IT! LOL Sorry bout that! I do still like it though!
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hahaha, XDDD
Thank you very much
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg, awesome!! *___*
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you :)
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BlackCatINK Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
lol that puffer fish is awesome
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